Ridley is line to compete with Zach Zenner, George Winn and Dwayne Washington for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the Lions' running back depth chart, the team's official site reports.
The expectation remains that Abdullah, when healthy, will serve as the Lions' top back in 2016, with Riddick in line to see his share of touches as well, notably in the passing game. Per the report, Ridley "seems like the favorite" to win the No. 3 spot in the Detroit backfield and in such a scenario, the 27-year-old, who ran for 1,263 yards for the Patriots in 2012, could be a break away from resurfacing on the fantasy radar after back-to-back campaigns impacted by the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.
The Detroit Lions have officially announced their signing of Stevan Ridley .
Adding Ridley on a one-year deal gives the Lions a veteran presence in their backfield, helping fill the void created by the team's release of Joique Bell. Now further past the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season, Ridley provides the team with a between-the-tackles option to complement Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. In order to secure a key role in the team's backfield in 2016, Ridley will have to hold off the likes of Zach Zenner and George Winn, but if he's healthy, the 2011 third-rounder give the team's backfield a capable and experienced power back.
Stevan Ridley announced he will be signing with the Detroit Lions on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
The specifics of the deal are still unknown, but Ridley will head to Detroit where he will compete with the likes of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick for carries. Ridley rushed for 90 yards on 36 attempts in eight games last season with the Jets after he returned from ACL and MCL injuries in early November.
Coming off a torn ACL in October of 2014, Ridley gained 90 yards on just 36 carries in eight games with the Jets last season. He may be in better condition with the injury further behind him, but he'll probably have to compete for a roster spot wherever he ends up signing. Detroit would offer some potential for a significant role, as the Lions could use an early-down/short-yardage back to replace Joique Bell.
Stevan Ridley had nine rushes for 29 yards and caught both of his past targets for 0 yards Sunday against the Bills.
Ridley spent the first half of the season on the PUP list and he struggled greatly in his first six games, indicating he wasn't likely fully recovered from his ACL injury. However, in his last two games, he averaged four yards per carry and appeared to be much closer to his pre-injury form. He'll be a free agent this off-season, and he'll hope to find a role in a RBBC. Depending on his landing spot, he has some sleeper appeal as he'll have a full off-season without having to rehab his knee.
|P1||8/12/16||@ PIT||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/16||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/4/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/26/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||87||441||5.1||33||1||5||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||178||773||4.3||29||7||3||39|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||94||340||3.6||43||2||1||16|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||36||90||2.5||13||0||0||5|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||3||13||4.3||8||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||6||51||8.5||20||0||1||0||2|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||10||62||6.2||24||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||4||20||5.0||7||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||4||-2||-0.5||3||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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